" ... the loya jirga would almost certainly reject the agreement with the American wording, which would make it all but impossible politically for Mr. Karzai to make a subsequent deal. The impasse was referred to obliquely in a statement posted Sunday night on the website of the Afghan presidency, which quoted the Afghan national security adviser as saying, “Both sides have not yet agreed on one of the clauses in the bilateral security agreement document.” The two sides have also not reached agreement on whether American troops will be immune from prosecution under Afghan law, but Mr. Karzai is willing to try to persuade the loya jirga to accept that, one of the Afghan officials said. The troops would be subject to prosecution under American law for crimes committed in the line of duty." NY Times
I have decided to ignore the Cheney family "amusement." Thanksgiving dinner should be interesting if they gather.
On the other hand, it is fascinating to watch the Afghans play us like a fiddle. I stand by my belief that the loya jirga will "flush" this agreement. In fact I think that Karzai knows this is true and is calculating the moment of his departure for Dubai.
There is going to be a great deal of unhappiness in the US armed forces over ten years of misguided efforts to make Iraqis and Afghans into Canadians. There have been so many fallen comrades, so much money thrown away, such a waste. I know the feeling well.
And then there is the spectacle of Laura Bush publicly hoping that Afghan women will be treated well after NATO's departure. Does she think that our pious hopes and dreams for Afghanistan have actually changed the nature of the various Afghan societies?
Afgan women who can manage it should leave the country. pl